Is this man a "wacky neighbor" from a sitcom on the new CW network? No, it's Tubby Smith. He was the basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, but yesterday he got sick of being criticized, harassed, even threatened, because he didn't win a National Championship every year; so he quit, and took the same job at Minnesota.
Okay, it isn't enough that this man was forced out by irrational Kentucky fans, most of whom can't read their own outstanding warrants for spousal abuse and flagrant non-support. To really rub salt in his wounds, the state's largest newspaper, the Louisville Courier-Journal, posts the above picture on its website.
No one is ever going to mistake Tubby Smith for Denzel Washington (except Dick Cheney, who thinks all black people look alike), but come on! Find a more flattering photo, for fuck's sake. To be brutally candid, this picture makes him look like a black guy who saw a ghost in one of those 1940s racist comedies. It does! Admit it! For the record, I'm against that sort of thing.
Not only did the Courier-Journal post this humiliation, it also allows readers to comment on all newspaper stories and articles. Here are a few gems from the comment stream regarding Tubby's departure.
"Tubby is a coward! Thanks for leaving us with the mess Tubby... im just glad youre gone, now somebody else can try to clean up the mess you made! COWARD!"
A coward is someone who pushes children down to escape a burning building. It isn't a coach who goes to another school because the fan base hates him.
But this is the one that best epitomizes the reason Tubby Smith left, and the reason why the cool people are University of Louisville fans.
"Hopefulie we will get a wite coach this time!!!!"
I surrender. Why anyone would want to coach there is beyond me.